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Issue: TP October 2010 Newsletter
Blue Best Buys October 2010

by: Anthony Dias Blue

89 Concha y Toro 2009 Xplorador Malbec, Mendoza ($8)
Smooth and rich with nice spice and ripe plum and berries; fresh, silky and balanced with a long finish.
BANFI VINTNERS

88 Columbia Crest 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Two Vines, Washington State ($8)
Smooth and ripe with tangy acidity and mellow flavors; clean, balanced and easy-going with good length and style.

STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88Ravenswood 2008 Zinfandel, Vintners Blend, California ($10)
Smooth and juicy with ripe blackberry, raspberry and spice; long and mellow with balance and decent length.

CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Robert Mondavi 2008 Private Selection Syrah, California ($11)
Dark and juicy with ripe blackberries and spice; clean, dense and balanced with rich flavors and a long finish.

CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

89Hess Collection 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County ($11)
Citrus and tangy acidity with bright, racy flavors and nervy notes; long, fresh and zesty.

THE HESS COLLECTION

88 Murphy-Goode Winery 2008 Pinot Grigio, California ($12)
Minerally and clean with bright acidity and dry fruit; juicy and fresh, clean and racy with a tangy finish.

JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES

 

88 Sockeye 2007 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($13)
Smooth and fresh with juicy plum fruit and sweet oak notes; bright, lively and charming with good balance and length.  
PRECEPT BRANDS

88 Murphy-Goode Winery 2007 Merlot, California ($14)
Smooth and ripe with plum and dense fruit with soft tannins and good acid structure; concentrated and balanced with some good length.
JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES

90 Peter Lehmann 2008 Shiraz, Barossa, Australia ($16)
Dark, dense and jammy with concentrated blackberry, spice and roasted meat; intense and rich with depth and complexity; long and extreme.  
THE HESS COLLECTION

 

           
90 Niner Wine Estates 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Bootjack Ranch, Paso Robles ($17)
Smooth and clean with fresh citrus and peach fruit; creamy and bright with vanilla, spice and excellent balance.


89 Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($18)
Bright and juicy with plum, raspberry and soft herbs; racy acidity and a long, smooth finish.
HECK FAMILY


90 Kendall-Jackson 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Grand Reserve, Mendocino County ($20)
Lush and round with racy citrus, green peach and spice; a hint of oak complexity but plenty of tangy acidity; long and balanced.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

 
90 Raymond 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Selection, Napa Valley ($35)
Juicy plum and smooth texture with notes of cherry and blackberry; sweet earth and oak with pepper and a lovely, smooth finish.
BOISSET USA

  91 Castello Monaci 2007 Artas Primitivo Salento, Italy ($37)
Deep and rich with ripe berry and cassis fruit and notes of chocolate, licorice and spice; intense but balanced and elegant.
FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS


92 La Follette 2008 Chardonnay, Lorenzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($38)
Silky, bright and generous; juicy and showing vanilla; creamy, toasty with oak and spice; ripe fruit with lovely acidity.



 

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